Worshipers back in Egyptian church hit in attack

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
January 2, 2011 11:06

ALEXANDRIA, Egypt  — Christians are back praying in a church targeted a day earlier by an apparent suicide bomber in an attack that killed 21 and wounded 97.

Dozens attended Sunday Mass at the Saints Church in Egypt's Mediterranean port city of Alexandria while riot police backed by armored vehicles were deployed outside.

The attack Saturday was the worst violence against Egypt's Christian minority in a decade. It sparked clashes between Christians who say the government hasn't done enough to protect them and riot police.

The Interior Ministry blamed the bombing on "foreign elements."

The Alexandria governor accused al-Qaida, pointing to the terror network's branch in Iraq, which has attacked Christians there and threatened Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Christian community.


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